Venters had his third Tommy John surgery in August. At the time of the surgery, Venters said he would try to make a comeback. He was designated for assignment by the club Wednesday.
Hunter would take the place of Norichika Aoki in left. The 39-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats.
The team is believed to have offered a five-year, $95 million deal to the 28-year-old. It was reported early in Sandoval's free agency that he was seeking a six-year contract, and it's unclear if any of his current offers contain an option for a sixth season. Sandoval hit .279/.324/.415 over 588 at-bats.
General manager A.J. Preller is expected to fly to the Dominican Republic Saturday in order to meet with Tomas' agent. The 24-year-old Tomas is known for his power potential, and the Padres are said to be seeking big bats.
The 35-year-old LaRoche hit .259/.362/.455 over 494 at-bats with Washington last season. LaRoche will likely split time at first and serve as the designated hitter with his new club.
The club is hesitant to deal Kemp, though a trade is possible. Kemp had an up-and-down season with Los Angeles in 2014. He started slowly after coming back from a leg injury, and was initially upset when moved out of center. Things turned in the second half, and Kemp finished with a .287/.346/.506 slash line. The
The team is hoping Anderson will take a pay cut to re-sign with the club. Anderson posted a 2.91 ERA over 43 1/3 innings before undergoing back surgery.
Hunter is on the back-burner for both clubs. He's an option for those clubs if other things fall through. The 39-year-old hit .286/.319/.446 over 549 at-bats last year.
Lester has already met with the
Urshela sprained his PCL, but the injury isn't as serious as expected. He should be ready to go for the start of 2015.
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